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The NACCC wrapped up in Chicago

Sweet Prize Bags:

I’ve been so tied up with Cops beating on journalists in Minneapolis I forgot all about the 2008 Cycle Courier Championships in Chicago.

Who Won?

Looks like Austin Horse from NYC top Male and Kym Perfetto from NYC, female. DAMN! NYC killed it.

Results and Pictures from Chicago bike blog: hipsternascar.com

also check out: Dispatch101

pictures from Camilla Candida Donzella
and
(picture of Austin and Kym)

Kym Perfetto

Video from Urbanvelo

The Children are the Future.


May they grow up and ride bikes.

Got this from Squid’s Cyclehawk Blog.

Labor Day, at the Kissena Queens Track.

Photos by Amy Bolger. Slideshow here.

Bike couriers, cheap on Gas. NY Times Article


Hodari of Checker Courier makes the Times. Nice one Ho.


Unburdened by Gas Costs, Bike Couriers See a Chance.

By APRIL DEMBOSKY
Published: September 1, 2008

New York City’s bike messengers remain a fixture on the streets, having weathered the advent of the fax machine and, of course, e-mail. Now, with the cost of gas pummeling courier companies that rely on motorized vehicles, a few enterprising cyclists are using the opportunity to generate more business.
A small but growing number of pedal-powered messengers are outfitting their bicycles and, in some cases, tricycles, with boxes and flatbeds on which they can load hundreds of pounds of cargo.

“Eighty percent of the jobs done in a van I can do,” said Hodari Depalm, the owner of Checker Courier, a cargo messenger company in Manhattan that says it can move up to 200 pounds of documents by bike. Mr. Depalm said his two-man messenger business had increased by 20 percent within the last year.

Rest of the article Here.

Interview with MASH riders from Estonia


Just got sent this link from Risto, who publishes a magazine, Sahtel in Tallinn Estonia.

Check out this interview with Jonathan Burkett and Garrett Chow from MASH SF.

Link

UrbanVelo Issue #9 is out.

Get all issues online, downloaded for free

HERE.

Arrest everyone! and other reports from RNC in Minneapolis


This is what a free country looks like:

Convention protest descends into violence

Article:
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:01 PM on 02nd September 2008
Riot police arrested around 250 people outside the Republican presidential convention last night after a protest descended into violence.

Around 10,000 had gathered for a peaceful march calling for an end to the Iraq war which eventually erupted into pitched battles between a breakaway group and officers.

Police used pepper spray and smoke bombs to break up the mob while officers on horseback, motorcycles and bicycles chased a group of rock-and bottle-throwing
protesters.

read more her.

Award Winning journalist of independent news show Democracy Now! is arrested while trying to help other journalists from the show.

This and more reported on by Submedia.org.

Here the story:

Yesterday 10,000 protestors demanded an end to the war including veterans for peace.

Article in Newsday about NYC Critical Mass


NYC bike riders say they still face uphill battle.

By LARRY NEUMEISTER | Associated Press Writer
August 30, 2008
NEW YORK – It has been four years since the Republicans staged their national convention in Manhattan, but the experience is fresh on the minds of bicyclists who say they are still getting a bumpy ride from police.

With a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, the Five Borough Bicycle Club is fighting new Police Department rules that the cyclists say were drawn up to retaliate against people participating in Critical Mass, a monthly ride that sometimes draws hundreds of two-wheelers to busy city streets.

The regulations, adopted last year, require groups of 50 people or more traveling together on a public way to get a parade permit from the police department.

The legal fight is the latest in a string that began during the 2004 Republican National Convention, when police arrested more than 260 cyclists during a Critical Mass ride.

Read more here.

Article on Bike Polo during NACCC in Chicago

Article in the Missourian

Bike polo team to compete in Chicago tournament
August 28, 2008 | 5:08 p.m. CDT


Drew Deubner, a junior at MU reaches with his mallet for a polo ball on the rooftop of Hitt Street Parking garage in Columbia. He and several other friends gather weekly to play bike polo. ¦ CALIN ILEA/MISSOURIAN

article by: JESS BLUMENSHEID
COLUMBIA — “Game on!”

This was the cheer Wednesday night after police gave Columbia’s bike polo team permission once again to practice in a downtown parking garage.

Columbia’s bike polo players have no team name, no designated home base and few fans. The team organized in February after a group of cycling friends decided informally to give polo on wheels a shot.

Their passion for the game has driven the team to practice twice a week, building skills that allow them to compete against teams from much bigger cities.

rest of the article Here.

More Hijinks at the Republican National Convention.

Picture posted on flickr by: waitingline

Following similar patterns from large scale protests and past Conventions, the police have continued to harass, threaten and disrupt people’s constitutional rights of free assembly.

Now we move on to the Republican National Convention being held in the Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Last week the police stopped members of the New York Based Glass Bead Collective and confiscated their laptops and video equipment. Thanks to hard work of the National Lawyers Guild they got it back, except for the $100.00 cash, that was a welcome fee from the office of Homeland Insecurity.

Over the weekend the cops with nothing better to do but raid convergence spaces and harass people were at it again…must have needed more cash. And you’ll never guess what they claimed their reasoning was…Anarchists!!

Got this message from Eileen Clancey of I-Witness video yesterday:

“This is Eileen Clancy.
The house that I-Witness Video where is staying in St. Paul has been
surrounded by police. We are in town to cover the Republican National
Convention. We have locked all the doors. We have been told that if we
leave we will be detained. One of our people who was caught outside is
being detained in handcuffs in front of the house. The police say that
they are waiting to get a search warrant. More than a dozen police are
wielding firearms, including one St. Paul officer with a long gun, which
someone told me is an M-16.

At least one local TV crew is here along with some legal observers. Our
colleagues at Glass Bead Collective are outside videotaping.

We are suffering a preemptive video arrest.

Please contact the office of the St. Paul mayor. I am not in a position
to do Internet research so if someone else could look that up and also
contact news media in town for the RNC and local news media, that would be
great.

All the best,
Eileen”

There was this article in the Star Tribune:

Police raid RNC protest sites in Twin Cities
By Abby Simons, Heron Marquez Estrada and Bill McAuliffe, Star Tribune
August 30, 2008 – 6:26 PM

Ramsey County authorities conducted raids across Minneapolis and St. Paul Friday and Saturday as a pre-emptive strike against disruptive protests of the Republican National Convention.

Five people were arrested and more than 100 were handcuffed, questioned and released by scores of deputies and police officers, according to police and elected officials familiar with the raids.

In a statement Saturday morning, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said the St. Paul raid targeted the RNC Welcoming Committee, a group he described as “a criminal enterprise made up of 35 self-described anarchists…intent on committing criminal acts before and during the Republican National Convention.”

Full article Here.

Then I got this message:


“This is Eileen. The house raid is over. We have been released from our
cuffs and the police have our house. Our belongings were searched. But we
have not inventoried them so we do not yet know yet if something is
missing.

5 other I-Witness Video folks were detained, both on bicycles and in a
rental car. Moments ago, I heard that 3 were released. We do not know the
status of the other 2.

Please keep phoning the St. Paul Mayor’s office. Many thanks for your
calls and ongoing support.

I will write later.”

- Eileen

Then later I got ths:

“Hello folks,
All of our people have been released. As you know from our earlier
messages, several of us experienced a house raid earlier today. Two
others who were in a car were picked up and held for four hours. Three
people were also detained for a couple of hours.

There was a significant media presence documenting our detention –
several local television stations, the NY Times, NPR station WNYC,
Democracy Now and others.

Now we need to take some time to document what has happened to us and
re-group with our people.

We all received many e-mails and phone calls. Thanks again for calling the
St. Paul Mayor’s office.

We will write again soon.”

- Eileen Clancy

Ah, this is why the terrorists hate us. Because we are so “Free.” Nothing more threatening to the security of the RNC delegates then an overturned dumpster by a “self-described” anarchist.

Article in Chicago Tribune about Fixed Gear Trend

No brakes, and they like it
Brakeless bikes are the latest in-thing for the cycling set. But amateur riders pose a hazard to others, observers say.

By Megan Twohey | Chicago Tribune reporter
August 31, 2008

It was dusk in Wicker Park, and cyclists wearing fitted jeans, caps and hooded sweat shirts were gathering for a nighttime ride.

Different frames and colors flashed in the streetlight—a Cinelli Vigorelli, sleek and white; a red Motobecane with purple grips.

But in a controversial and increasingly popular trend, not one of the bicycles had brakes. As the cyclists glided onto the streets on their fixed-gear bikes, the only way for them to slow down was to force the rear wheels into a skid.

State law prohibits riding brakeless bikes on the streets, but that hasn’t stopped a growing number of young people from hitting the road with bicycles they see as pure and stripped-down.

Rest of the article here.

There’s also a brief video:

Stay tuned for my complete report on Friday’s Critical Mass in NYC.